Sharp, Caroline. A writer's workbook; daily exercises for the writing life.

Author:Cooper, Jeffrey
Position:Book Review - Young Adult Review - Brief Article

St. Martin's, Griffin. 144p. bibliogs. c2000. 0-312-28621-X. $12.95. SA

For most of us who think of ourselves as writers--as well as for those who would like to include themselves in that illustrious group--one of the most challenging parts of the entire writing process can be just getting started. Caroline Sharp knows that words do not get put on paper by frustrated writers who think that tomorrow would be a perfectly reasonable time to start writing. The purpose of her workbook is to help the would-be writer to start writing today. To that end, she offers 31 exercises that lead writers past the agonizing "what-shall-I-write-about?" stage and directly to the more satisfying putting-words-on-paper part of the process. Sharp's exercises involve various journaling techniques, listening to and elaborating on overheard conversations, copying the style of admired writers, describing people and places both familiar and imaginary, creating and developing characters, recalling past experiences both good and not-so-good, and the creative...

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